Elneny’s Egypt close in on AFCON knockout stages

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Mohamed Elneny’s Egypt face Ghana on Wednesday knowing a draw will be good enough to seal safe passage to the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Pharoahs, coached by Hector Cuper, haven’t looked particularly convincing so far in Group D. They drew their opening game with Mali 0-0 and required an 89th-minute strike by substitute Abdallah El Said to overcome Uganda on Saturday.

If Egypt beat Ghana they will progress as group winners setting up a clash with whoever is second in Group C on Sunday night; likely to be either Congo, Morocco or Ivory Coast. A draw will pit them against the first-place side.

The final of the AFCON 2017 is on Sunday 5 February.

From an Arsenal point of view, the sooner Egypt get knocked out the better. We could do with Elneny’s calm head as an option in the centre of the park now that Granit Xhaka has a four-game ban for his red card against Burnley.

 

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